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Leadership EffectivenessOur mission is to optimize organizational performance by maximizing the effectiveness of leaders and leadership teams. Our philosophy is that the long-term profitability and growth of every organization is inextricably linked to the effectiveness of its leaders. Through The Power of Leadership®, leaders create a values-based environment where people perform to their full potential and maximize their contributions to the organization’s mission and vision. In support of that mission and philosophy, each month we publish Breakaway Performance – Ideas that transform the way you work — with tips to help leaders achieve leadership effectiveness. We hope you will enjoy our articles and find them valuable.

Alyssa Freas, Ph.D.
CEO & President
Executive Coaching Network, Inc.


Leadership Effectiveness: Creating a Dialogue About Race

Leadership Effectiveness: Creating a Dialogue About Race

Here is a simple fact: humans are not good at talking kindly to one another about things they are passionate about. Or about things that are highly personal and sensitive. It doesn’t matter the topic. […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Courage to Look in The Mirror

Leadership Effectiveness: Courage to Look in The Mirror

As we rebuild and reopen, we need to identify what it means to be successful under the new normal—and we need to be inspiring, credible leaders to help our stakeholders heal. Rebuilding, reopening, and healing […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Preparing for the New Normal

Leadership Effectiveness: Preparing for the New Normal

The number one predictor of future success as a leader is commitment to self-development as a leader. Leaders who never stop learning and growing—regardless of circumstances (and perhaps during the worst circumstances)—are perceived by their […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Manage the Crisis, Lead for the Future

Leadership Effectiveness: Manage the Crisis, Lead for the Future

During a coaching session my client reports, “It is so quiet in my office for a Monday. She explains how different it is now that she can’t just “pop in” and have a quick conversation […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Courage to Promote Reality

Leadership Effectiveness: Courage to Promote Reality

As leaders, we come with a title and influence that make it incredibly hard for people to tell us we are making mistakes. Individual leaders and leadership teams are often shocked to learn that just […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Say No to Yes-People and Yes to Candor

Leadership Effectiveness: Say No to Yes-People and Yes to Candor

“Think not those faithful who praise thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” That was Socrates in about 400 B.C. In other words, yes-people have been around for a long time. […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Maintain 20/20 Vision in 2020

Leadership Effectiveness: Maintain 20/20 Vision in 2020

Ask anyone how they are, and most will say, “Busy.” “Busy-ness” is not good for your business. You have to see your priorities clearly and make time for leadership. This takes discipline and commitment as […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Banish Divisiveness

Leadership Effectiveness: Banish Divisiveness

Ten executives were meeting in a board room. I was there with a team of nine white men and one black man, whom everyone called “Preacher.” Some might say this was a racist designation; others […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Teacher’s Pet Versus Thorn in Your Side

Leadership Effectiveness: Teacher’s Pet Versus Thorn in Your Side

Imagine you are one of the several senior executives we have coached who has an employee who gazes at them with admiring eyes, who wants to be their best friend, shadow, A-student, constant companion, and […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: The Courageous Choice

Leadership Effectiveness: The Courageous Choice

Essential to leadership is having an ethical bright line—an integrity boundary—a line we won’t cross when asked to do something, or when observing something we perceive to be illegal or unethical. Yet, history and current […]

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